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06-15-20, 10:21 PM
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Posted By RatLabGuy

Maybe I'm missing something.... If the bottom of...

Maybe I'm missing something.... If the bottom of the wood beam is 82.5", then you can make your framing flush with it or even a litle higher, and even if you run it straight to teh door frame, where...
06-15-20, 10:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 447
Posted By RatLabGuy

OK great, so now you know why the water is...

OK great, so now you know why the water is getting in. But how is it gett there in the first place?
If it is possible to find the water source, and the divert it (e.g. change landscaping around...
06-15-20, 10:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 164
Posted By RatLabGuy

Layered OSB over Delta FL subfloor?

I plan to put Delta FL plastic sheets down (over lanscape fabric) covered by OSB to make the floor for my basement. Top floor will probably be carpet tiles later.
Supposedly you can put laminate or...
01-19-18, 08:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 559
Posted By RatLabGuy

Yes, 2x4s. They only have 50 year old R13 batting...

Yes, 2x4s. They only have 50 year old R13 batting between them, so you can carefully walk across them. There are rows of plywood laid across the joists in the middle 6' or so, running the whole...
01-18-18, 11:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 559
Posted By RatLabGuy

Question Adding 2nd layer of insulation between rafters

BLUF: what problem would I have adding a 2nd layer of insulation in between my rafters, in addition to the R13 already between the joists?

Details:
House built in '67, fairly typical 1-story...
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Views: 2,879
Posted By RatLabGuy

7555275553See attached pics. What I mean by...

7555275553See attached pics. What I mean by triangular is that the face is sloped so that the side profile is essentially a triangle.
Yes, forced air (gas heat, heat pump a/c).
The register and...
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Views: 2,879
Posted By RatLabGuy

better angling of baseboard registers

somebody tell me why my thinking is crazy - and why a better baseboard register design isn't out there.

My house is all 4x12 baseboard registers, the triangular kind, mostly all right under...
01-08-17, 07:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,000
Posted By RatLabGuy

No I don't think 1.5" will cut it either. *maybe*...

No I don't think 1.5" will cut it either. *maybe* if there were only 1 fixture and no wire nuts, and a lot of profanity.
Technically I have 2" to the outside of drywall (1.5" wall, 1/2" gyp) which...
01-07-17, 09:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,000
Posted By RatLabGuy

half-inset junction box for shallow wall

Finishing part of my basement.
Although I'm doing full studded walls, as luck would have it due to a shallow landing space at the base of the stairs the wall has to be only 1.5" thick total (3/4"...
03-09-16, 01:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,290
Posted By RatLabGuy

That is a really good point. We have this...

That is a really good point.
We have this problem - water is acidic. All of the original copper piping has been replaced over the years due to leaks... lots of little green stains on the basement...
03-09-16, 10:05 AM
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Views: 9,290
Posted By RatLabGuy

"The kicker, is that there is no guaranty that...

"The kicker, is that there is no guaranty that there will not be another leak somewhere else down the road."

That to me is the best reason to NOT repair it, but instead bypass and run all new...
03-08-16, 09:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,290
Posted By RatLabGuy

Fortunately (well, not really) since the house is...

Fortunately (well, not really) since the house is form the 60s, the attic insulation sucks and it's not that cold up there. Originally just R13... I added a layer of R30... I could run it between or...
03-07-16, 09:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,290
Posted By RatLabGuy

Leak inside slab - just abandon lines and reroute?

Ugh. So, have a potential PITA plumbing issue.
Late 60s ranch. Our laundry room and far bathroom are on a 4" raised cement slab that is on the back end of the garage slab, connected to the side of...
01-30-15, 05:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 880
Posted By RatLabGuy

The door you're asking about is akin to probably...

The door you're asking about is akin to probably 65% of the doors in the main floors of homes, with maybe 25% being the old hollow flat slab type and only the remaining 10% being solid wood like...
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Views: 642
Posted By RatLabGuy

yeah, that's one thing I'm a little worried...

yeah, that's one thing I'm a little worried about. Clearly the farther down from the ceiling you have it, the more light you gain. I was thinking a good 6-8" or so.
6" drop, with the lights set...
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Views: 642
Posted By RatLabGuy

Crown molding lighting strip in basement

Aesthetics question.

In a basement room with a low ceiling (say 7'2"), will strip lighting placed inside molding lowered down from the ceiling make the ceiling height more, or less notable?
What...
01-23-15, 11:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 755
Posted By RatLabGuy

Worried about that 3" just being too thick, or...

Worried about that 3" just being too thick, or having to deal w/ layering it (e.g. taping seams twice)?

You could always put the 2" against the wall, then frame in front of it, then cut the 1"...
01-04-15, 10:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 696
Posted By RatLabGuy

Any neat tricks for blocking them off, since most...

Any neat tricks for blocking them off, since most have HVAC lines, plumbing, etc running through them already?
Will kind of a pain, but I guess I could make a 14.25x9.5" plat, then cut a big hole in...
01-04-15, 09:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 696
Posted By RatLabGuy

Sorry, it was late, that was not very coherent. ...

Sorry, it was late, that was not very coherent.

When the project is finished, the "ceiling" of the main room will be the subfloor, seen between the joists. However in the room beside, on the other...
01-03-15, 11:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 696
Posted By RatLabGuy

Contiguous overhead joist space between rooms

Not sure if this is a "basement" or "framing" question so if necessary please move it...

I am finishing part of my basement. In one room, which is basically 1/4 of the house, I am leaving the...
09-20-14, 07:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,000
Posted By RatLabGuy

Interesting idea... you're basically making a...

Interesting idea... you're basically making a suspended ceiling using the joists as the hangars.
In fact you have me now thinking about this for my own room.
some thoughts that came to me as I...
08-26-14, 08:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 818
Posted By RatLabGuy

Box them in w/ tall thin edgeless mirrors... they...

Box them in w/ tall thin edgeless mirrors... they will disappear for sure...

... and you can enjoy laughing at your guests when they run into them
08-26-14, 07:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,015
Posted By RatLabGuy

Re: the paint - my bet is that is drilok, and the...

Re: the paint - my bet is that is drilok, and the guy that was doing it was super lazy/cheap and didn't see any point in painting all the way up the board...
Replies: 6
Views: 1,486
Posted By RatLabGuy

Mikedel, the flow of air here is from the larger...

Mikedel, the flow of air here is from the larger plenum in the background through the pipe "toward you" from this perspective... so the humidistat is on the other side, and the wye is in angle w/ the...
08-25-14, 06:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,033
Posted By RatLabGuy

Wow that is indeed strange... you have to wonder,...

Wow that is indeed strange... you have to wonder, why did they do that? Any chance there was once a wall there??
It looks like changing it to straight would only stick out a hair farther into the...
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